Overwatch Christmas Comic Reveals First LGBT Character

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Overwatch Christmas Comic Reveals First LGBT Character

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HINT: It's not Zarya.

Overwatch fans have made plenty of theories about who fancies who in the world of the game, but until recently Blizzard has been pretty silent on the matter. In an interview with Kotaku, Blizzard stated that it would be officially outing one of the game's characters as LGBT "soon," and now, with the release of Reflections we know who it is. The comic, which has a Christmas theme to it, follows Tracer as she rushes to find the perfect gift for her girlfriend before the stores close, and still make it in time for Winston's Christmas party.

I know, you were probably expecting it to be Zarya, right? I did to, and I would scold myself for stereotyping but Overwatch's characters are all pretty much walking stereotypes already.

Blizzard stated before that it wanted to make the game feel as inclusive as possible, and even came under a bit of fire when it changed a character's pose because one fan thought it was "too sexy" for her. (Funnily enough, it was Tracer, the same character who has just been outed as LGBT.)

You can read the comic in full right here and then check out all of the other Overwatch comics that have been released since.

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Psh, Blizzard trying to appeal to a non-buying audience, as usual.

/sarcasm

So in other news Russia being dumb

https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/5jevu9/new_comic_not_available_in_russia_because_lgbt/

I wonder how many more countries banned it

This seems so very strange to me, firstly, why the heck do the company need to "out" one of their own characters as anything? It's not as if the character will suffer anything for it, but this isn't my main complaint. My main complaint is that Blizzard is making almost the entirety of the story take place outside of the game, I recently played through Final Fantasy XV and didn't really like it, so I voiced my dissatisfaction to an acquaintance who asked if I'd seen the movie and the tie in anime, to which I had to answer no, because I didn't know they existed and because it is stupid. Games are perfectly able to contain a story, so why insist on telling the story outside of the game?

Sure, Overwatch is just a silly, funny, competitive shooter, but why insist on story then? People seem perfectly capable of telling stories about the characters on their own, while the trailers may have helped, they looked cool and were entertaining, it doesn't matter beyond that, because the stories will never actually make it to the game itself. Overwatch is a shallow game that Blizzard seems intent on granting some depth without actually affecting the game itself, which seems counterintuitive.

Bastion x MEKA canon or preorder cancelled Blizzard!

I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than, say, Junkrat smooching on Genji.

Though now Tracer, the face of the game, loves boobs as much as the players, and I think that's fantastic.

...neat. Guess Blizzard decided there wasn't enough porn of her.

Nurb:
I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than say Junkrat smooching on Genji.

Though now Tracer, the face of the game, loves boobs as much as the players, and I think that's fantastic.

It really is a 'safe' choice, isn't it? No one is going to object to her making out with a thin red-head. Its very clever marketing, that's for sure.

Well, certainly a safe choice.

Nurb:
I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than say Junkrat smooching on Genji.

Even countries with anti-gay laws are more accepting toward gay women than gay men. It's weird, but then I too have a more positive initial reaction toward lesbians than gay men. It's just one of those silly automatic responses that are a direct result of me being a big, dumb male.

Widowmaker visit the grave of her husband that she herself killed in cold blood... yea makes sense.

Other than that: Of course its lesbians. After all a lot of men have some fetish about that... including me! :)
And some fuel for the Tracer Widowmaker shipping. Hey studies indicate a lot (80+%) of women could actually be at least bisexual. So there is a chance! lol

Ishigami:
Widowmaker visit the grave of her husband that she herself killed in cold blood... yea makes sense.

Well, it wasn't exactly her choice, she just happened to be brainwashed just right. There's still traces of old Amelie in there if her quips with Ana mean anything.

Nurb:
I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than, say, Junkrat smooching on Genji.

Man, if you missed the intense and non-stop gaydar-tripping between Roadhog and Junkrat, that's on you. They say never mix business with pleasure, but the Junkers don't seem the sort to follow rules in life.

Kind of a pity that this is all this comic will be known for. That big splash panel near the end is full of neat little details & insights. The panels with Widowmaker & Reaper alone have sparked about 4-5 different theory threads on the OW forums.

Blizzard doesn't have a gay character - people complain. They then toss a bone to the alphabet brigade - people complain it's not enough. I'm just wondering now if we can retroactively go after the person who complained about Tracer's ass as being homophobic? I mean, as we all know, any criticism of anyone or anything is hate speech unless they're a straight, white male.

LysanderNemoinis:
I'm just wondering now if we can retroactively go after the person who complained about Tracer's ass as being homophobic?

Death squads are already lining up the straight shipping Tracer fanart artists as we speak.

Funny how some of the salt is all about "Why are they forcing politics" as if our identities and preferences are some kind of statement. We love who we love, we exist, and representation matters in a society that expects us all to be dead at some point.

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The Enquirer:
Well, certainly a safe choice.

No scary gay men here.

I'm pretty sick of some of the comments on the internet. Especially those "hurr I have nothing against gay people but I hate how they push it down our throat" kind of comments. No one is pushing anything down your throat. It's a few panes and that's it. Also a gorillion of strawmen and Trump posting.

And everyone ignores Winston being lonely. ;_;

BiH-Kira:
I'm pretty sick of some of the comments on the internet. Especially those "hurr I have nothing against gay people but I hate how they push it down our throat" kind of comments. No one is pushing anything down your throat. It's a few panes and that's it. Also a gorillion of strawmen and Trump posting.

And everyone ignores Winston being lonely. ;_;

Could I point out that you're missing the problem? Very few actually care about the creation of LGBTQ characters. What is the problem is that people are treating these characters like they're a novelty (E.G. the need for this article).

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BiH-Kira:
I'm pretty sick of some of the comments on the internet. Especially those "hurr I have nothing against gay people but I hate how they push it down our throat" kind of comments. No one is pushing anything down your throat. It's a few panes and that's it. Also a gorillion of strawmen and Trump posting.

And everyone ignores Winston being lonely. ;_;

Could I point out that you're missing the problem? Very few actually care about the creation of LGBTQ characters. What is the problem is that people are treating these characters like they're a novelty (E.G. the need for this article).

Blizzard did not make the Escapist write this article. They just drew a comic and made a few comments on twitter and nothing else.

With all the Overwatch porn I have seen, I just assume they are all lesbian.

Before reading, went ahead and guessed who i thought were the 3 most likely contenders for this "honor", and i came to the correct conclusion: tracer. It just felt right. Dunno why one would think it was zarya, her being built like a bodybuilder is her thing and it would get somewhat ruined if she was also the token lesbian who happened to be the one butch female character.
It HAD to be either tracer or pharah x mercy.

Nurb:
I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than, say, Junkrat smooching on Genji.

^ And this is why the idea that it could have been a male character barely lasted a nano second before i dismissed it entirely. Everyone loves lesbians it seems. Ffs, my current queen in crusader kings 2 is a lustful lesbian and EVERYONE friggin loves her, i never had a monarch so beloved, she didn't even have a single vassal with negative opinion when she took power, everyone instantly liked her, that lesbian buff is OP.

The really funny thing?

Jonathan "full" Mcintosh and Briana Wu are bitching about tracer being a "attractive" lesbian... because male gaze... and reasons.

You cant make this shit up... aparantly gay characters arent allowed to be attractive. Homophobic much?

One can never please SJW. They will ALLWAYS find some way to bitch about things.

Its not the right gay character.. why is it a lesbian? Why not some of the guys? Why not have a trans woman/man in your lineup? Why not a space firefox from the forestplanet?

I kinda get their decision to make Tracer the LGBT character. She's the most recognizable character they have. She's on the box! It would stand to reason that she would be the choice candidate.

Ishigami:
Widowmaker visit the grave of her husband that she herself killed in cold blood... yea makes sense.

Widowmaker is basically Winter Solider, a former ally captured by the enemy and brainwashed/tortured into being a killer. After Overwatch rescued Amelia (her name) from Talon, she appeared to be completely normal until her programming kicked in and she killed her husband. That's a far cry from cold blood (though considering her gimmick its an apt literal description)

granted her visited her husbands grave when, as widowmaker, she doesn't remember who she is makes little sense. but hey maybe her brainwashing is wearing off.

Oh btw... the comic is blocked in russia because of anti gay laws... yayyyy

Tracer existing as a stable entity without her harness
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Seriously that took a lot of hte impact of the character away.
She's stuck in between time and not, forced to be anchored to that damn temporal pacemaker and just boom, doesn't matter.
There aren't timbits of her adjusting to what her life would be like being forced to wear it, she can just take it off when she wants to because well it's easier.
Image trying to live with a harness around you at all times.
See i figured Winston originally came up with a large bulky unit which would be hard to friggin move but could shield her for a period in that area.
I'm belaboring the point, but this strikes me as blizzard being a shit bunch of writers. And they are generally, so why am i supprised

BiH-Kira:
I'm pretty sick of some of the comments on the internet.

you haven't seen nothing yet boss, there are much sicker shit out there. And even the most depraved and insidious stuff on the internet is honestly is a lot better then real life in a lot of ways.

Especially those "hurr I have nothing against gay people but I hate how they push it down our throat" kind of comments.

Then allow me to summarize because while I'm empathetic to both i have far more agreement with those you take umbrage with.
before i go on i should say, i do not and have not in the rest of my argument indicated that tracer or overwatch has displayed these symptoms this is a general statement for the sake bridging the gape. In short, what you see people diagnosing as "being pushed down your throat" is an act of politics overtaking world building. Generally speaking the worst offenders are very clear, doubtless no one would argue that say captain planet was an unambiguous example of this sort of deal and a hamfisted one at that. It's far more glaring to things that ought to be largely apolitical, I suppose that's why i've heard people repine over a certain character in daredevil's soap-boxing. People pushing captain America to become homosexual, the gender swaps for well known characters and the injections of Islam into a couple characters. It's one of the major reasons i don't read comics.
case in point
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One can caulk this up to bad writing, and it is but it's not uncommon for comics as of late.
one can also caulk this up to the termites dining long and hard, and it is, I wouldn't be surprised if comics didn't horseshoe into hating the jews because Israel exists which would be deeply concerning (I should stress I know people who do, I am not very fond of that line of thought no matter how one feels about Israel nor is this an endorsement or denouncement of the nation-state in question).
Point is people are afraid of this.
They see the cabal of usual suspects gassing on about X and they know X is going to be a rally point and they want to cut their teeth, or just push out the usual suspects.
And I can say i blame them
I hate people telling me i should think a certain way and acting like I'm a bad person if i don't and those are often in non-political spheres.
I'd slog someone for telling me the way i vote or believe the country should head is categorically wrong.

No one is pushing anything down your throat.

I've seen quite a number of articles on the subject myself floating around in the aether.
Like most post-modern era news it's ripped from someone else, says little and makes me install ad-block.
Strolling around the common people has always done better to enlighten me.

It's a few panes and that's it.

It starts that way Ayi, they're worried about giving a mouse a cookie. Call it aSlippery slope if you want, you wouldn't be wrong.

Also a gorillion of strawmen and Trump posting.

What?
also i am eternally glad that i took a leave of absence during the election cycle, my country devoted hours to explaining why trump is so evil and my uni flew fliers like stop trump
If it's so salt provoking that it slipped over the boarder i don't want to know the level of shit that happened in here.
I just hope the TPP falls through.

Nurb:
I knew it'd be lesbians. Cute lesbians are still the "safe" gays to depict in media to keep the complaining to a minimum since they're more accepted than, say, Junkrat smooching on Genji.

Though now Tracer, the face of the game, loves boobs as much as the players, and I think that's fantastic.

...in their defense, I think if they did Junkrat x Genji then they'd receive a lot of flak for not shipping Junkrat and Roadhog/Genji and his brother.

Shipping: It's Serious Business. Also incestual as hell on far too many occasions for me to be comfortable with. *shudder* the things I have seen...

cleric of the order:
Tracer existing as a stable entity without her harness
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2ovm1J_AxLQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen][/iframe]
Seriously that took a lot of hte impact of the character away.
She's stuck in between time and not, forced to be anchored to that damn temporal pacemaker and just boom, doesn't matter.
There aren't timbits of her adjusting to what her life would be like being forced to wear it, she can just take it off when she wants to because well it's easier.
Image trying to live with a harness around you at all times.
See i figured Winston originally came up with a large bulky unit which would be hard to friggin move but could shield her for a period in that area.
I'm belaboring the point, but this strikes me as blizzard being a shit bunch of writers. And they are generally, so why am i supprised

the second they gave her a harness OVER her clothing, especially a coat, there's no way they wouldn't make her be able to take it off. I mean are they really going to imply that she wears a heavy thick pilot jacket 24/7/365? Nah

"See i figured Winston originally came up with a large bulky unit which would be hard to friggin move but could shield her for a period in that area."

Yes. That is the answer. Notice how in the first panel with her at her house, there's a floor unit sitting in the living room.

And then when they go to Winston's, the same (rather large) floor unit is still in the background. That's exactly why.

cleric of the order:
Tracer existing as a stable entity without her harness
Seriously that took a lot of hte impact of the character away.
She's stuck in between time and not, forced to be anchored to that damn temporal pacemaker and just boom, doesn't matter.
There aren't timbits of her adjusting to what her life would be like being forced to wear it, she can just take it off when she wants to because well it's easier.
Image trying to live with a harness around you at all times.
See i figured Winston originally came up with a large bulky unit which would be hard to friggin move but could shield her for a period in that area.
I'm belaboring the point, but this strikes me as blizzard being a shit bunch of writers. And they are generally, so why am i supprised

Apparently so long as she's near it, it'll continue to keep her stable.

Not saying it's not a weak cop-out, but that's how it works, apparently.

Jesus fuck, how are people complaining about this? If Tracer had gone home to a husband and kissed by the fire, nobody would have batted an eye. But because she's with another women, it's immediately an agenda. For fucks sake, grow up. If you were talking to a woman in real life and she said something along the lines of "my girlfriend really liked the gift I bought her", would you tell her to stop shoving her agenda down your throat? This is pathetic. It's funny because you often see these same kinds of complainers bitching about safe spaces too when in reality, it seems they require the safest space of all.

I really don't buy that people are annoyed about this because they think it'll somehow impact the integrity of the story (it's OVERWATCH). If this comic actually bugged you because it showed that Tracer is a lesbian, I strongly suggest you rethink your priorities in life.

Darn it, was hoping for canon PharMercy....

*Everyone talking about how lesbians are safe*

Yeah, right. Tell me, how many other AAA games have made the character who acts as the face of the their game openly gay? Because I can't think of a single one. Yeah, real safe move. That's why Samus Aran, Lara Croft, Chell, Alyx Vance, and all the other iconic women of gaming are all gay. Because it's such a safe move. And you're talking about how gay guys aren't depicted as much as gay women? Once again, people can only ever seem to bring this up to rain on someone else's parade. Outside of that situation, no one seems to actually care.

LysanderNemoinis:
Blizzard doesn't have a gay character - people complain. They then toss a bone to the alphabet brigade - people complain it's not enough. I'm just wondering now if we can retroactively go after the person who complained about Tracer's ass as being homophobic? I mean, as we all know, any criticism of anyone or anything is hate speech unless they're a straight, white male.

Oh please. The people talking about how lesbians are safe in this thread aren't the people who were complaining about a lack of representation.

I was too sad about Winston to care who Tracer is shtuping. Poor monkey. :'(

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